Carica papaya

Botanical Name: Carica papaya

Common Name(s): Pawpaws

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Description:

Pawpaws prefer a subtropical climate, but will grow well in a sheltered spot, protected from cold winds and frost in areas where light frosts occur. Ideal for small gardens. Male and female flowers are on separate plants and one male plan is enough for at least 12 females.

Family: Caricaceae

Botanical Pronunciation: KAIR-ih-kuh puh-PIE-yuh

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Frost Sensitive
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Non Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Moderate Watering
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Pruning Required

Common Pests and Diseases

Rarely a problem.

 

Flowers

Description:
Male and female flowers are on separate plants and one male plant is enough for at least 12 females.


Foliage

Fruit

Description:
Pick fruit when fully coloured to yellow; in cool weather, pick when only showing a yellow tinge. Ripen indoors at room temperature.



Harvest

Pick fruit when fully coloured to yellow; in cool weather, pick when only showing a yellow tinge. Ripen indoors at room temperature.

 

Maintenance

Protected from cold winds and frost in areas where light frosts occur.

Origin

Tropical America

 

Planting Instructions

Pawpaws prefer a subtropical climate, but will grow well in a sheltered spot.

 

Seed Sowing Instructions

Sow seed in trays during spring. Transplant trees when 200mm tall. Plant three seedlings together in one hole as it is not possible to tell male and female plants apart before they flower. Space these groups 1.5m apart. Trees should start to flower after about 15 months. unwanted male trees can then be removed. Male trees bear flowers in clusters on long stalks.

Size

4 m *

Uses in landscape design

Small gardens

When to Sow

Spring

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